Rice Theatre

323 N. Parkerson Avenue,
Crowley, LA 70526

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The Rice Theatre opened in 1941 (after a delay in construction in 1940 due to flooding) at a cost of about $100,000. The 1,000-seat Art Moderne style theater seated 700 on the orchestra level and another 300 in the balcony. The theater closed in the late-1960’s, and remained vacant for almost 20 years, before the Rice Theatre was acquired by the city of Crowley in 1986 for the Rice City Civic Center (“The Rice City” being Crowley’s nickname).

Thousands of dollars have been put into the theater’s restoration, which is ongoing as funds permit, including a new roof, stage, carpeting, paint, curtains, lighting and sound, and restrooms. The marquee and murals on the south and north walls were also restored to their original appearance.

Today, the historic Rice Theatre hosts live entertainment and concerts, including country, Gospel, and Cajun music.

Contributed by Bryan

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2006 at 5:32 pm

Here is a 2006 photo of the Rice marquee and vertical sign.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 12:58 am

The Rice Theater can be seen in this recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2007 at 3:57 am

Here is some additional information about the Rice Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm

This is a recent close-up view of the Rice Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

A recent b/w photo can be seen here.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on January 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Does anyone know what the INSIDE of this theater looks like? I am heading for New Orleans this weekend and would not mind a little jaunt to Crowley if it is worth seeing. Having a tough time finding info on the internet.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2009 at 2:25 am

This is a 2009 close-up shot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 28, 2011 at 3:04 am

The records of the Lake Charles, Louisiana, architectural firm Dunn & Quinn list many theater projects for the Southern Amusement Company during the 1930s and 1940s. A new theater at Crowley, dated July, 1940, is among them. The theater’s name is not given but it must be the Rice Theatre, as that appears to have been the only new theater built in Crowley in 1940.

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